The statue then easily lifted free of its base, and it was moved down the beam of the gantry so the team could carefully lower the work onto the crate base which was placed next to the plinth.
Once the statue was safe on the ground, the team attached a crane scale to the chain block and raised the statue to get an actual weight reading. The team each took a turn to estimate what it would be – if this had been a sweepstake, then some of our team would have left site with a much lighter wallet! The actual weight of the statue turned out to be 780kg.
In preparation for transporting the statue, the team fabricated a case around the work which included securing timber battens lined with plastazote. This form of casing allowed the team to access most of the statue and add support accordingly. On the second day of the project, the plinth parts were separated, weighed, palletised and taken into storage.
Constantine has since expanded its Specialist Installation and Heavy Lift team with the addition of Darrel Day, Technical Manager, who can help advise and support your next heavy lift project. For more information, please contact us.